2019 Summer Reading

2019-2020 Summer Reading

Advanced English 8


Students in Advanced English 8 are required to read two of the novels listed below and complete a project for each novel. The projects are included in this packet, and both novel projects will be due the first week of school (August 9, 2019). Students will have six projects to choose from; each one has an explanation and a rubric to follow. Students are not allowed to use the same project twice and are encouraged to tap into their own creative abilities to create a unique representation of their chosen novels.

Please email Ms. Striplin with any questions: savanna_striplin@ecboe.org.


          Children of Blood and Bone by Adeyemi, Tomi

  • Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic, but everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. Danger lurks in Orïsha, yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


    Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Bardugo, Leigh

  • Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


    Deadly by Chibbaro, Julie

  • New York City in 1793 is reeling from typhoid fever and sixteen-year-old Prudence is hired, against convention, by the Sanitation Department to discover how the disease is being spread.


    Gym Candy by Deuker, Carl

  • Freshman running back Mick Johnson works hard to make his dream of football stardom come true, finding the edge he needs to become bigger, stronger, and faster with the help of steroids despite consequences to his health and social life.


    Incarceron by Fisher, Catherine

  • Finn is struggling to escape from the Inside of Incarceron, a prison controlled by technology, while Claudia, the privileged warden’s daughter, is trapped in a forced seventeenth century world on the Outside.

    The Graveyard Book by Gaiman, Neil

  • Toddler Bod, short for Nobody, crawls into a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. He is then raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen by the graveyard’s ghosts and otherworldly creatures.


    The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  • She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother. When she is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom as a bride, her scheming entourage mounts a bloody mutiny to replace her with a jealous lady-in-waiting, Selia, and to allow an inner circle of guards more power in the new land. Anne O'Malley Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


    The Lie Tree by Hardinge, Frances

  • Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, and trustworthy, but inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist a mystery. When her father is discovered dead, she knows that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith.


    Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Heiligman, Deborah

  • The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend―Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions.


    Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

  • Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.


    Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

  • Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down.